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All About English Mastiffs Puppies

Updated on March 6, 2017

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Helpful Tips to Prepare for Your Puppy

This hub will be a general overview of each topic of all you need to know about English Mastiff Puppies. There are so many interesting facts and helpful tips available, there is no way to fit it all into one hub. We want to at least start with some of the basics you may need to know before welcoming your fur ball into your home. There will be more hubs on the way that will cover each topic in-depth, so stay tuned and stay informed.

The first topic will be some helpful hints about preparing to for your new addition. Naturally you will need a shopping list of some of the basic items you will need:

  • Collar- an adjustable, flat buckle style is best since it can be adjusted as puppy grows. And remember to use the two-finger rule when testing to make sue it is not to tight or to loose.

  • ID Tag & Leash- An engrave-able tag and a nylon, reflective leash are good. Remember even if you have not decided on a puppy name to get the ID tag engraved with your name, address and phone number. TIP-It would be a really good idea to put the collar and ID tag on before you leave the breeders home.

  • Food- Be sure to ask the breeder what brand of food they are currently eating. You may not want to continue with this brand, so if making a switch, do it gradually. Otherwise your puppy could get a little sick. Do a little research on what works best for large breed dogs. You want your puppy to get all the right nutrients to grow up healthy and happy.

  • Food & Water Bowls- Ideally they need to be raised to help prevent bloat, just be sure they can actually reach it easy enough. And remember they will grow very quickly! Another tip: A metal food bowl is a good choice to help prevent bacteria growth and a heavy ceramic bowl for water is good since they will not tip over as easily.

  • Crate- These are great for traveling, house training or even for a sleeping area. This purchase will really depend on a couple of things. Puppies feel more secure in a plastic enclosed crate but adult male dogs can hardly fit into the largest wire ones. So this may have to be upgraded as you go and may also depend on if your mastiff will be living indoors or outdoors.

  • Toys- This is surely to be one of the more fun purchases, if not for you at least for your new puppy. Toys are not just for playtime but actually help in teaching and prevention of chewing up your furniture among other tings.... Alright, here are a few to consider:

  1. Large nylabones
  2. Large Kong toys
  3. Rope bones( always throw away when they start unraveling)
  4. Balls- preferably a basketball or soccer ball not tennis balls as they are too small
  5. As your puppy gets larger, some great outside toys might also include an old tire or even just a log to push and pull around the yard!

Remember there is much more to cover on this topic including things like Puppy-proofing,Outdoor shelters, House-training,Leash training just to name a few. As well as more in-depth coverage on everything we mentioned here!

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Taking Care of Your Growing Puppy

Remember, we are just hitting a few of the basics with more to come in future hubs. Hopefully you will find some helpful tips you can use after you bring your puppy home. Taking care or maintenance of your English Mastiff is really just basic grooming and this usually consist of coat care(brushing), nail trimming, ear cleaning, dental care and bathing. We will touch on coat care and bathing in this hub with more to come about the following:Coat and Skin problems, Nail trimming, Eyes & Ear Care and also Dental Care.

  • Coat care- English mastiffs have short hair which is the easiest to take care of but they still need to be groomed. You should start grooming as soon as possible to help prevent issues as your puppy gets older (and bigger). Brushing can be done daily or weekly depending on your schedule. You should avoid using wire or pin brushes and use a rubber hound glove (found at a pet supply store). English Mastiffs have two shedding seasons, spring & fall, a terrier stripping blade is great for removing their loose hair during this time.

  • Giving A Bath- English mastiffs rarely "need" a bath and really only have to be bathed when dirty or if you are getting ready for a show. For puppies a bathtub will do but as they grow... you will want to carry this party outside with a hose and maybe a large rubber or galvanized tub that you can find at most farm supply stores. Be sure to wear old clothing always expecting to get wet or maybe even in the tub yourself! TIP: cotton balls in their ears will help prevent water from getting in. Use a good dog shampoo, a good rinse for a shiny coat is 1pt cider vinegar and 1 pt water, and remember to keep them out of cold drafty areas until dry.

Remember if you have a specific question or would like to add comments on anything we have covered, please do so! We can all learn more by sharing our experiences with English Mastiff puppies.

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Behavior & Training Tips for Your Growing Gentle Giant

English Mastiffs are often referred to as the "Gentle Giant" and this is so very true. You will soon realize they are both intelligent and sensitive and really want to please you. So this section will touch briefly on when to start training, and what training equipment you might need.

  • When to Start Training- As soon as you bring them home, usually around 9-12 weeks old, is the best time to start your "puppy kindergarten". Just remember your English mastiff's are capable of learning at a rapid pace. TIP: You will need to continue to reinforce the basics around the house as well as consider moving on to more advanced obedience training as they grow.

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  • Training Equipment- whether you are doing the training or you sign up for a Puppy-K class you will need some basic training equipment.

Here are the basic training equipment you will need when starting Puppy kindergarten but it might be a good idea if you are attending a class to ask if they have any additional training equipment they like to use.

  1. Flat collar- it should be either nylon or leather. Just remember to use the 2-finger rule for fitting on their neck.
  2. Leash- this could also be leather or nylon, 3/4" wide and at least 5-6 feet in length. It should be lightweight but well made and try to avoid chain leashes. Chain leashes tend to be heavy and noisy which will hinder when training.

TIP: When it comes time for the next level after your mastiff finishes kindergarten, a choke collar can be used to get their attention but may not be necessary depending on how well they are responding.

  • Should you let your puppy on the furniture?- Although as cute as they may be when they are still a ball of fur, just remember do you really want your 200 lb. mastiff in your bed? on the couch? These are some of the options you can use during the training of your puppy about the furniture:

  1. Not at all
  2. Only when invited
  3. Only on certain pieces of furniture

Again you need to take their temperament into account when making this decision. If they show dominance or aggression, letting them on the furniture might not be a good idea because once they realize you will give a little they may take a lot! Remember not to underestimate their intelligence and ability in learning the difference of what your rules are about the furniture.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg on behavior and training your mastiff. We will cover more in our next hubs with more tips on training like how firm to be, consistency, patience, good manners and so on. There will also be more information on behavioral problems like aggression, barking, chewing, jumping up and house training. Please stay tuned for more articles and tips as there is really a wealth of information available and I hope you found at least one tip you found helpful about owning and raising your English Mastiff puppy.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi there! I had to come look when I saw your avatar. Are they ever adorable! We had a mastiff in a training class years and years ago and the poor dog had the most terrible owner. He was a nice enough fellow but he didn't seem to understand how BIG his dog was and he had the worst manners (the dog, not the owner). We just shuddered to think what was going to happen later on with the pup being totally out of control.

      As you can tell by many of my hubs, I'm about malamutes and they are a breed that demands that you pay attention to them and to their training and manners.

      I just love learning about other breeds though, so happy to follow you along as well! Very nicely done!!!

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      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      Great tips that are applicable to all dog breeds. I use to breed rottweilers, and like the mastiff, they're intelligent enough to learn that they can take a foot if you give an inch. hmmm...sounds like children. :D Well written hub.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago


      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story. I also love hearing about other breeds. And yes, you must teach your Mastiff manners very early on because they really do not understand just how big they really are.

      I took a peek at a couple of your hubs, beautiful dog! You have some really great information, so I will be paying you another visit. Thanks again!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago


      Our oldest son just turned 22 and we started out with a Rottweiler about a year before he was born, so they basically grew up together. He was such a gem, we lost him when he was almost 13 yrs old. It was like losing part of our family. When we decided to get another pet we just felt we had to go with another breed. I am really happy with our choice, they are great family pets!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Puppies are so cute. Their beautiful dogs.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks so much moonlake. They have such wonderful personalities, and are so much fun to have as part of our family.

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      dgicre 6 years ago from USA

      You pups look amazing. What a great hub about mastiffs. My Standard chose to play with a 1 year massive pup at the dog park. They had a ball, the massive was so gentle and submissive when he got tired he would lay down, than my standard who was much smaller would sit on him. It was the cutest thing to see them playing together.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago


      Thanks for sharing such a wonderful & personal story! I love to hear stories that reinforce what we have seen in our own dogs. Watching them play with other dogs and their toys can be so entertaining, thanks again for sharing! Stop by any time.

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      Seb@cozypinkdogbed 6 years ago

      When I was a about 9 or 10 we had a mastiff. His name was Henry and he was the most amazing dog we've ever had. He was really good with kids, friendly and gentle and even though he was so huge none of my friends were afraid of him. Talk about protective though. Any adult he didn't know that came to the house had to be introduced to him otherwise he would just stand at the door looking menacing and wouldn't let them in. As soon as my mom or dad said it was OK he was fine and went back to being friendly. Thanks for a great article about a fantastic breed.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub. My friend in Costa Rica was Betsy. She is a Spanish Alano (I think). Maybe I can post her picture somewhere (new hub, maybe, or I'll find a way to show her to you). Spanish Alanos do have something with Mastiffs in common. I love them all!

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 6 years ago from UK

      I had an idea how to show you Betsy. I've posted a Question on HubPages: "Do you know Spanish Alano dogs?" I hope you'll have some time to check it out. :)

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks jatamaya,

      I had not heard of the Spanish Alano but she is a beautiful dog. I see you got some response to your question, looks like we have a great community!

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      Gary Anderson 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very cool dogs and nice to people too.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Thanks! We love our dogs, they are part of the family. Very large, but very gentle.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      OH MY GOODNESS!!! 200 pounds? WOW... We have 4 pits and I think they are big. Your dogs as so cute.. Their names? Mine are Puppy, Miss Kitty, Baby and Nina.. All rescue dogs

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Our male is Shabach and female is Roxy. They are wonderful and yes, very, very large. But they are so loving and loyal, great for families!

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      I love our Mastiff, except he loves to eat the house!! Especially the drywall. I can only laugh at it, but no matter what I try, he won't stop licking the walls until it's soft, and then -- RIP -- he starts eating strips of it. He even sticks his tongue through the cage rungs to get to the drywall. I've changed his diet, provided supplements, toys, extra walks, treats. I've tried to teach him... but to no avail. HELP!! Do you have any suggestions??? I have never encountered this problem with any of my dogs before!!!

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      MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

      That is too funny, well not really but I understand your frustration. I know our male will try to eat just about anything. I had some gourds out for decoration in the fall and every time I turned him out, he was trying to eat them.

      The drywall is a new one, we had a Rott that loved to chew on wood but not the walls. You may have already tried but "Bitter Apple" sprayed on the walls might help. Our Mastiffs are outside and when we first brought them home, our male would try to eat his "huge" water tub and would eventually get it turned over dumping all the water. I put hot pepper around the edges and he finally stopped.

      Let me know if the "Bitter Apple" works. Thanks for stopping by!

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